It’s no secret binding deterioration, sometimes called ‘binding rot’, is a serious problem with some vintage guitars. The nitrate based plastics used by a lot of manufactures in the 1950’s thru the 1960’s can start to become unstable, with the plastic ultimately crumbling away. If left unchecked, it will start to attack hardware and plating on the rest of the guitar, causing further damage to your guitar
Depending on the model of the guitar, some layers will remain intact while others will crumble away. Many times the deteriorating layer can be isolated and removed, and just that layer replaced leaving the rest of the original binding left intact. If all layers are affected, then we can replicate the different layers and rebind the instrument matching the look and feel of the original material.
A limited amount of nitrate material is available for those who wish to put back the original material in place of the rotted binding, or we can replace the old material with modern plastics that will look and feel original as well. Every binding repair and replacement project is different, so please use the contact page to let us know about your instrument and I will be happy to give you quote.